Seven tips for safe eclipse viewing

Posted on Aug 21, 2017 in News

Photo: Solar eclipse on Jan. 15, 2010, in Jinan, the People's Republic of China. Image via Wikicommons.

As Monday’s total eclipse gets closer, The University of Kansas Health System has the following tips for safely watching this awe-inspiring sight.

1. Leave early for work to arrive on time. There will be heavy traffic in our area Monday, causing delays in your commute.

2. Take extra care if driving during the eclipse – people may stop suddenly.

3. Avoid crossing streets during the eclipse, even if you have the right-of-way. Street lights on timers may not be on.

4. Do not look directly at the eclipse – damage is not reversible.

5. Use approved filtered glasses with an ISO number on them… sunglasses are not sufficient.

6. Watch out for others … especially children and elderly who might be confused or worried by the eclipse and may need help with their special glasses.

7. Watch the eclipse on TV.

Dr. Abe White, an ophthalmologist with The University of Kansas Health system, explains the specific dangers to your vision by looking at the eclipse with the naked eye. Dr. White also explains the safe and unsafe options for eclipse viewing.

Photo: Solar eclipse on Jan. 15, 2010, in Jinan, the People’s Republic of China. Image via Wikicommons.

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